Karen Knorr

If you haven't seen the exquisite work of Karen Knorr you are in for a treat today.  This should get your work week going!

Karen Knorr was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the 1960s. She finished her education in Paris and London. Karen has taught, exhibited and lectured internationally, including at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, The University of Westminster, Goldsmiths, Harvard and The Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey.

Since her life changing journey to Rajasthan, India in 2008, Karen Knorr’s work is now exploring Rajput and Mughal cultural heritage and its relationship to questions of feminine subjectivity and animality. India Song, a series of carefully crafted photographs explores the past and its relation to India’s contemporary heritage sites across Rajasthan.

I can not get enough of her work. Sensational!

Karen Knorr

Karen Knorr

Karen Knorr

Karen Knorr

Karen Knorr

Karen Knorr

Suzani

Suzani embroideries have there origin from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. They are primarily used as bedcovers and wall hangings.  Common motives are the moon disk, flowers such as tulips, carnations, irises and pomegranates. I think they look super contemporary but still have that craft appeal. Iced sea foam and chalk board black look so good together, topped with a cherry pink.

moon disk

moon disk

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Below are some modern renditions of suzani for a more commercial market.  You like?

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Kilim Rugs

Kilim prayer rugs have been produced since the 4th century from the Balkans to Pakistan.  A non pile rug made from cotton, hemp or wool. Designs are geometric with mythical motives such as the scarab beetle. I love them ALL. Those with very repetitive triangles that form diamonds and those that are more complex with many motives to discover. Many companies are now creating contemporary colour way Kilims as they are back in popular demand.